Are You A Good or A Bad Egg?

When I was a little girl my grandparents had chickens, pigs...etc. You get the point.  Now some 50 years later I have chickens again, or should I say my son and his family have the chickens and I reap the rewards.  LOL 

With all the talk about eggs today and all the benefits and objections I thought you might glean some information from this article I found called "Shopping for Eggs." It's written by Dr. Russ and Beth Avery, R.D.

"Eggs are a staple of many people's meals, whether by themselves or as a significant part of a favorite recipe. Nowadays, however, with mixed messages about the health benefits of eggs in the media and increasingly crowded labels on the boxes, buying eggs can get a little confusing. This week I've put together a video to help you make the best choices for your family when it comes to buying eggs. So click here and let's shop and learn together!"


OH NO…School Is Closed Again!

We've heard this a lot this winter and what a winter we've had!   I’ve heard people say they moved to North Carolina because they heard we had mild winters.  HA!  Who told them that? Also heard someone say we had never had this much snow.  Again…HA!  I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly.  In 1960 some areas had as much as 60 inches of snow.  Now that's deep!  I should know...I was 8 years old and couldn't go outside because I would disappear in the snow!!!!!

To this date Buncombe County has missed more school than the State has allotted so now we are looking at Saturday School and classes up into June!!!!  Bummer.

As a mother, and grandmother, I understand the frustration.  Been there, done that...but some of the comments on Twitter and Face Book really have me wondering.  Are parents upset because they have to deal with the children at home...or...are they mad because it may mess up their summer vacation?????  It sure doesn’t sound like they are concerned about the safety of the children.

I'm certainly glad that someone is concerned for the safety of the children!  I'd much rather they err on the side of caution than see the results of a school bus accident due to ice.

As a child I was on a school bus that hit a patch of ice and slid out of the road and was tilted at the edge of an embankment just waiting to flip over and roll down to the bottom.  We were trapped there for SEVERAL hours before they could rescue us! I remember thinking I was going to die!!!  No child should ever be in that situation!!!!

Someone at our school board had deemed the roads to be in good shape and had not closed or delayed school that day.  They had not taken into account that some areas and roads might be in worse condition than the main roads so therefore everything was good.

Thanks you Buncombe County School Board for being concerned for the safety of our children. I know it's not an easy job!  Saturday and Summer School isn't what we were hoping for and I may have to change some of my plans...but I'd much rather have my child in school than in the hospital or in a grave!

I’ll get off my soap box now!


Relaxing on a Sunday Afternoon!

Sometime you just need to slow down, sit back, and enjoy life!


Soup Weather!

You have to try this recipe!   I love it!!!!
 This classic soup features ground beef, taco seasoning, and traditional Southwestern vegetables like corn, cilantro, chiles, and jalapeños. It's the perfect supper solution on chilly weeknights. For more Southwest-inspired dishes, see our full collection of Mexican recipes.
  Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 1  pound  ground beef
  • 1  cup  coarsely chopped onion
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 2  (16-oz.) cans light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (14.5-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes and jalapeños, undrained
  • 1  (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes and mild green chiles, undrained
  • 1  (14-oz.) can beef broth
  • 2  cups  frozen yellow and white whole kernel corn
  • 1  (1-oz.) envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  pepper
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh cilantro
  • Toppings: sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro


1. Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 to 12 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink and onion is softened; drain.
2. Stir in kidney beans, next 8 ingredients, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in cilantro just before serving. Serve with desired toppings.
Southern Living, JANUARY 2009
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